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map of Potter County
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Physical Features: Panhandle county; mostly level, part rolling; broken by Canadian River and tributaries; sandy, sandy loam, chocolate loam, clay soils; Lake Meredith.

Economy: Transportation and distribution hub for large area, manufacturing, agribusiness, tourism, government/services, petrochemicals, gas processing.

History: Apaches, pushed out by Comanches in the 1700s. Comanches removed to Indian Territory in 1874–1875. Ranching began in the late 1870s. Oil boom in the 1920s. County named for Robert Potter, Republic leader; created in 1876 from Bexar District; organized in 1887.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 44.8; Black, 10.7; Hispanic, 37.9; Asian, 5.7; Other, 1.5; Two or more races, 2.1.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 2,071; deaths, 1,231; marriages, 1,383; divorces,  458.

Recreation: Lake activities, Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument, hunting, fishing, Wildcat Bluff nature center, Cadillac Ranch car sculpture, professional sports events, Tri-State Fair in September.

Minerals: Natural gas, oil, helium.

Agriculture: Beef cattle production and processing; wheat, sorghum, cotton. Market value $21 million.

AMARILLO (201,322 total, part [85,209] in Randall County) county seat; hub for northern Panhandle oil and ranching, distribution and marketing center, tourism, manufacturing, food processing, prison; hospitals; Amarillo College, Texas Tech University medical, engineering, pharmacy schools; Quarter Horse Hall of Fame, museum.

Other towns include: Bishop Hills (182) and Bushland (1,485).

fall foliage at Valle de Oro

Fall foliage at Valle de Oro. Photo by Robert Plocheck.